|Diagnose, Treat and Cure Your Training Department
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The Training Physical.......
To remain in a healthy physical body, medical practitioners
recommend an annual physical where you are thoroughly
looked over, poked and prodded and run through a series of
diagnostic tests to catch anything that might be ailing you
before it gets the better of you. This annual event is known the
world over as a physical, and anyone that has ever gone
through one can testify that it is not necessarily a fun
experience, but it does often provide good news, or at the very
least news that can be treated and often cured.
In Corporate America, industries and companies put
themselves through audits each year, most often dealing with
financial results. Many times the company will include
functional audits on the productivity and results of individual
One such department that often employs theself-audit function is Human Resources.
Self-audits are much like handing over the chicken house to the wolf and asking for a report on
security issues. It does not reveal anything of consequence and thus is a waste of time,
energy and money.
Ultimately every organization should be reviewing the condition of every department that
participates in the workings of their business. The Training Physical is all about evaluating the
condition of the training department (Diagnose),recommending action plans (Treatment) and
making trainingresponsive (Cure) to the needs of the company. This annual review does
provide the same therapeutic results if done correctly as our human annual physical.
However, just like your own Medical Doctor, very few will say that self-diagnosis is as effective
as getting another professional involved. In the world of auditing this also holds true, and
getting an external consultant to conduct or help you with your Training Physical is just as
|Brand New Book - September 2015
The Long Awaited Sequel to
The Training Physical!
The Consequences of Inadequate Training Strategies
Is your training a series of pointless events? What do employees say about your training
efforts? Do they long for more information, different skills, or a more engaging environment
for learning? While we never set out to develop pointless training solutions, pointless
workshops, or an entire pointless training department, it sadly happens way too often. And
each time it does happen, it makes a turnaround that much harder to implement.
This book discusses the big skill areas that most companies should be developing in
their employees and how to make a purposeful impact and avoid pointless processes.
You, no doubt, will recognize times you have experienced or implemented pointless
training yourself. But while recognizing pointless training is step one, the real learning
comes from understanding what you can do differently going forward.
In his first book, The Training Physical: Diagnose, Treat and Cure Your Training
Department, Jim Hopkins explored what it takes to have and maintain a healthy training
function. In this book, he continues his training philosophy using similar medical
analogies to draw the reader into a quick understanding of how to engage learning and,
where employees are applauding the training function, learning applicable skills and
increasing the effectiveness of the company.
Like a bandage on a cut, it has its purpose when used appropriately. But when the cut
needs stitches, it is pointless to use a bandage. Are you ready to develop purposeful
training solutions and avoid pointless training from now on?